Russian curler drops doping appeal; to return medal

Alicia Cross
February 24, 2018

Sergeeva is a 30-year-old bobsledder from Kemerovo, Russia and recently appeared in a promotional video where she wore a t-shirt that read: "I Don't Do Doping". Krushelnitckii still does not accept wrongdoing but said in a statement to Russia's official State news agency, that it would be "stupid to deny" the results of two positive tests.

Olympic Athlete of Russia's Nadezhda Sergeeva (right) tested positive positive on Sunday for trimetazdine, a medication used for angina that has been banned because of its effects on metabolism.

The International Olympic Committee banned Russian Federation over "systemic" doping at Sochi 2014, which the country hosted.

Although an outright ban had initially removed the chance of a Russian athlete competing in the games, a certain selection were eventually allowed to compete under a neutral, Olympic flag.

The result came five days after a previous doping test returned a negative result for her.

"Unfortunately we have to part with the Olympic bronze medal", he said in a statement on the federation's website.

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Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation march with the Olympic flag in PyeongChang's Opening Ceremony. This is the same substance for which multi-Olympic gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang tested positive and for which he subsequently served a 3-month suspension back in 2014. Time and again the International Olympic Committee has followed due process in cases involving the doping of athletes.

After finishing 12th in the two-man bobsled on Wednesday, Sergeeva told Yahoo Sports that she was disappointed about competing under the OAR label. "She has let us down". She was less than half a second from a podium time.

It is the fourth doping case of the games.

Russian Alexander Krushelnitsky has been stripped of the mixed doubles curling bronze medal he won at the Winter Olympics after being found guilty of doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping division has announced.

There are, on the face of it at least, similarities between the cases involving Krushelnitsky and Sergeeva.

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